I think the more concerning thing is the landlord/landlady living in part of the house and I had no prior knowledge of this when I rented it. I am paying £2000 a month to live in what I thought was a detached house. Yes I have contacted the power company and they have suggested that I arrange for a service engineer to visit. The landlady does not want a separate meter and I have no access to that part of the house for when the service engineer visits.
No they have blocked it off with plasterboard
It is such a huge house it wasn't apparent on the first viewing and the estate agent cancelled two second viewings due to staff sickness. I had sold my house so needed to find somewhere else so in the end I had to rent it without the second viewing.
Ok, what is it you want to achieve?
Where do I stand legally - is this usual as it seems a completely bizarre situation to me.
Legally in terms of energy supply or tenancy?
Both really - no idea I wasn't renting a detached house and paying for their energy!
Well energy there MUST be two meters. you can't be expected to pay for someone else's energy
As for the property that is a tricky one
You could have looked at the property in detail. You had one viewing.
I think the fact they live 'next door' makes no difference.
As long as they do not have access to your property, ie by interconnecting door its difficult to get out of the tenancy.
You had one viewing.
You were going to have a second one and could have insisted on this before you signed.
But as you signed and you have been given the property described, whilst I think there is an energy claim I dont think you have one for the tenancy
I am sorry if this is not necessarily the answer you want and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Ok but the landlady is saying she doesn't want another meter and that she will work out how much she is using and let me know! They do have access to my property as they have a key and are part of the same house. The estate agent via the landlady gave me an ultimatum to move in in a time frame or lost the property and I had sold my house and needed to move out - I also have a family to consider and couldn't risk being homeless. I tried on 2 occasions to view again and both appointments were cancelled. In the contract it says that the landlord needs to give notice to come around to the property etc - not that they would be living in it! I guess from your advice I will have to sit out the 12 month tenancy and move but it was described as a detached house not a semi detached house!
*lose the property
The energy point I think there is a claim
The property I think there is not a claim
Can I clarify anything else for you?
No that is fine so it looks as though you can rent a detached house and then the landlord/landlady can move in and there is nothing the tenant can do. I will take further legal advice on this because it is unacceptable - you can't rent a house out then decide to move back in.
I am paying rent for a detached house not a semi detached house.
You have rated BAD SERVICE?
The house is only linked.
The house is not two as such
You had an opportunity to inspect.
If the agreement specifically says it is detached then you have a claim
If it does NOT say it is detached then sadly again there is no claim